• In this photo taken Wednesday May 18, 2016 wildlife biologists Evan Grant holds a type of salamander, the red-spotted newt, from Beebe Pond in Sunderland, Vt. Grant is one of many from the U.S. Geological Survey team of scientists studying salamanders across the county to determine weather a deadly fungus is infecting the species in the U.S.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Saving salamanders: Searching for signs of a deadly fungus

    SUNDERLAND, Vt. (AP) — Holding a sandwich bag containing a squirming, Eastern red-spotted newt, Evan Grant inspects its shiny skin for signs of a killer.

  • Feds seek proposals for cleanup at Los Alamos Lab

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal regulators are seeking proposals for a contract for environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where tons of hazardous waste and contamination remain after decades of research.

    Updated: 2:24 pm

  • FILE- In this Oct.1, 2015 file photo, Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), right, talks about the status of Hurricane Joaquin as it moves through the eastern Bahamas as Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center, left, participate in a media briefing at the National Hurricane Center. The U.S. government is set to release its forecast for how many hurricanes and tropical storms are expected to form over Atlantic and Caribbean waters in the next six months. It’s an annual reminder from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that coastal living comes with significant risks. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

    US government set to release hurricane season outlook

    MIAMI (AP) — U.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years. But they also say climate conditions that influence storm development are making it difficult to predict how many hurricanes and tropical storms will arise over the next six months.

    Updated: 3:12 pm

  • Audit calls for formal deer management plan in Minnesota

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s legislative auditor says the Department of Natural Resources should develop a formal deer management plan that includes strategies to improve and maintain hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities.

  • State: Amberjack, gray triggerfish closures starting June 1

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding anglers the 2016 recreational fishing season for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will close in state waters on Wednesday, June 1.

  • In this April 10, 2008 file photo, a right whale peers up from the water in Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown, Mass. A mobile phone app designed to help mariners steer clear of endangered whales is growing in popularity, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's helping keep the giant animals alive. The "Whale Alert" app provides a real-time display of the ocean and the position of the mariner's ship, along with information about where whales have been heard or seen recently. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

    Whale-finding phone app grows in use, steering mariners away

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With summer whale watching season fast approaching, conservation advocates and government agencies who want to protect whales say a mobile app designed to help mariners steer clear of the animals is helping keep them alive.

  • In this photo taken Friday May 20, 2016, Hope, the rhino, is prepared for surgery, headed by veterinarian Gerhard Steenkamp, right, inside her pen in Bela Bela, South Africa.  A year ago, Hope survived a horrific attack by poachers who darted her and then hacked off her horns and part of her face. Since then, the mutilated rhino has had at least 16 medical procedures requiring anesthetics, testifying to her resilience and the tenacity of caregivers learning about the threatened species as they go along. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

    South African rhino endures, 1 year after horrific attack

    BELA-BELA, South Africa (AP) — “Dancing with rhinos,” the South African veterinarian joked as he supported the head of his staggering, nearly 2-ton patient, an injured rhino woozy with sedatives.

  • This Oct. 26, 2013, file photo, shows LSU's Mike the Tiger on the field before the NCAA college football game against Furman in Baton Rouge, La. Multiple animal rights groups are asking that the university stop using captive tigers as mascots Tuesday, May 24, after LSU said its mascot was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

    PETA asks LSU to stop using captive tigers as mascots

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two animal rights groups are asking that Louisiana State University stop using captive tigers as mascots a day after LSU said its mascot was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

  • In this May 12, 2016 photo, a man walks on dry and cracked earth with empty plastic containers to collect drinking water from a fenced-off pond in Dala township, south of Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar's dry season, which typically runs from April through May, has been compounded this year by an El Nino-induced drought that added several months to the water shortage affecting Dala township. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    As lines form for water, Myanmar pins hopes on Suu Kyi

    DALA, Myanmar (AP) — Every year at this time, the ponds and wells go dry. People walk for hours to fill their plastic buckets at a lotus-filled pond that is the only clean source of drinking water in this community outside Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon.

  • Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., speaks with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 19, 2016, before joining a bipartisan group of senators at a news conference to discuss legislation to improve the federal regulation of chemicals and toxic substances.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House set to approve bill to regulate toxic chemicals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Tuesday easily approved a bipartisan bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products from household cleaners to clothing and furniture.